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Comments for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: 12/24/14

cover artYou'd never know it now from amount our son reads, but when he was first transitioning to chapter books, it was a rough one. The books he had the most luck with were the hybrids — the heavily illustrated ones that are just one step away from being full-fledged graphic novels. Among those first successes was Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley has been asked to keep a diary by his mother. He's convinced that boys don't (can't / shouldn't) keep diaries. Of course, that's a ridiculous notion — but that's the set up. Along with his entries, the pages are decorated with various amusing stick illustrations, presumably also by Greg.

Over the course of a school year, Greg goes through numerous schemes and fills in the gaps explaining how previous schemes have gone awry. For instance, he wants to build up muscle fast to survive the wresting part of P.E., so he asks for a weight set. By the time Christmas rolls around and a weight set ends up being his BIG present (in an otherwise hilariously disappointing year), the wrestling unit is long since over and Greg has moved on to his next scheme.

It's a cute book — that an adult can read in about two hours. It's also the first in a nine (at last count) book series. I know we have a couple more in the series, and those I'll read. I'm not sure, yet, if I'll actually want to read the entire series.

 

 

Four stars

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